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Deliciously Soft Foods for Post-Dental Procedures

post-dental-procedures-brooklynThere’s no denying that major dental procedures, especially oral surgery procedures, can be slightly uncomfortable and you may feel discomfort for the next couple of days. It doesn’t help that you’re stuck with a very limited diet! However, you don’t have to rely only on days of mashed potatoes and pudding. Here are some deliciously smooth and soft foods that you can indulge on after your major dental procedure:

  • Green Smoothies – Smoothies are a cool refreshing treat that is easy on your teeth! Make them “green,” by crafting them out of healthy, fresh ingredients such as spinach, melons, apples, and pineapples. This helps to keep them full of the nutrients and vitamins that you may be missing out on over the next few days.
  • Creamy polenta – Missing that rich flavor that you only seem to get from solid foods? Reach for some polenta! This creamy meal will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Sorbet – Need something sweet? Have a serving of fruity sorbet! You’ll get the sweetness that you’re after, a chill that will sooth your gums, and a bright and refreshing flavor that will help to uplift your mood.
  • Oatmeal – The great thing about oatmeal is that it can be adjusted to fit your taste. Add some canned pumpkin or melt in some peanut butter or maple syrup to take your plain oats up a notch.
  • Fish – if you’re missing the savory aspect of eating, try baking a softer white fish. Fish is easy to swallow, and requires very little chewing, making it a filling meal that is easy on your teeth.

Forgo the plain old jello and mashed potatoes for these fun and healthy swaps! Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to solid foods.

Tears and Fears: Avoiding Both When it Comes to Child Dentistry

children-dentistA lifetime of proper dental care starts from a young age, but is it very common for little ones to be fearful of their visits to the dentist. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to ensure that your child has a successful (and fearless!) visit. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your little ones calm and relaxed prior to their big visit.

Go to a dentist that is good with children. The professional staff at Park Slope Dentistry is experienced in treating children of all ages using behavior modification and gentle dental techniques.

Keep it simple. Don’t make a big deal out of the appointment. Making it feel as normal and routine as possible will help to keep your little one feeling at ease. For added bonus, avoid bribery! It is common for us to tell our little ones, “If you’re good, we’ll stop for ice cream!” This may make your child believe that they’re in for a dreadful time, so much so that you need to bribe them.

Stay positive. Don’t discuss things like potential pain or shots, as these words often trigger tears and fears. Instead, emphasize that a visit to the dentists simply means strong and healthy teeth! You should also avoid discussing the specifics of your own past experiences at the dentist. Every visit is different, and you may lead them to expecting something very different than what they will experience.

Keeping your child cool and calm about their visits to the dentist isn’t hard. Focus on the positives – they’re simply leading a healthy life!

Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last of our teeth to break through the gums, but not everybody has to deal with them. Located the farthest back in the mouth, wisdom teeth usually come in by the late teens or early twenties. If there is enough room in the mouth, wisdom teeth often come in undetected, however, not everyone is so lucky. For many, the eruption of wisdom teeth causes crowing, which can lead to abnormal development and impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can sometimes develop into problems such as: damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease, and cysts.

If you believe that you might have impacted wisdom teeth, you may be showing the following symptoms:

  • Pain and tenderness close to the gums or back of the mouth
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Trouble or pain associated with chewing
  • Redness near where the tooth surfaces
  • Headaches
  • Swollen or bleeding gums

If your wisdom teeth are indeed impacted, you will probably be recommended to an oral surgeon. If you’re currently suffering from any of the above symptoms, it’s recommended to schedule an appointment with Park Slope Dentistry in Brooklyn, New York to help pin point the source of your oral discomfort. At Park Slope Dentistry, we take pride in keeping your mouth happy.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Porcelain Laminates?

Porcelain laminates, or most commonly known as porcelain veneers, are thing porcelain shells that are bonded over natural teeth to help greatly improve their appearance and function. Whether you have misshapen teeth, or want more vivid white teeth, porcelain veneers might be the perfect choice. Park Slope Dentistry offers porcelain laminates in Brooklyn, and can help greatly improve your smile. However, it’s important to first qualify as a candidate for porcelain laminates.

Porcelain laminates are placed over the facial part of your natural teeth, and are attractive and functional. Often, porcelain laminates are an ideal alternative to crowns, and require a smaller amount of your natural tooth to be removed.

Porcelain Veneers can correct the following issues:

  • Stained Teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Gaps in separating teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Misalignment of teeth that affects the smile line.

The perfect candidate for porcelain veneers should meet the following requirements:

  • Healthy and decay free natural teeth
  • Free of gum disease
  • Perfectly aligned bite
  • Sufficient and healthy tooth enamel
  • Doesn’t clench or grind teeth

If you’re interested in achieving a smile makeover, consider scheduling an appointment with Park Slope Dentistry in Brooklyn, New York, to see if you meet the requirements for porcelain laminates.

Invisalign® VS Traditional Braces

When it comes to straightening your teeth, there are a few different options, but none offer the level of comfort and ease as Invisalign®! Invisalign® not only helps straighten teeth, but does so without having to wear visible metal braces, or deal with the nuisance of having metal, brackets, and wires in your mouth that can often cause oral irritation. No matter what stage of life you’re in, you can rest assured that Invisalign® can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. What exactly makes Invisalign® a more popular choice than traditional braces?

  • No diet restrictions! You can eat the foods you like, without having to worry about the many diet restrictions that come with traditional braces.
  • Invisalign® has clear aligners that are virtually undetectable! Traditional braces require visible brackets and wires, which many people dislike the aesthetics of.
  • Invisalign® aligners are comfortable, whereas traditional braces have wires that can poke and irritate the mouth.
  • Invisalign® is removable, so you can engage in normal brushing and flossing without the limitations that come with traditional metal braces.

You don’t have to hide behind crooked teeth any longer! If you’re looking for an effective way to straighten your teeth in Brooklyn, visit Park Slope Dentistry and see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®.

Understanding Halitosis

Persistent bad breath is often a sign of an underlying gum condition, and often caused by poor dental habits. Bad breath, also known as halitosis affects a large number of people, and can result from a number of different causes. Halitosis can be an embarrassing problem that can cause one to be extremely self-conscious. Unhealthy lifestyle habits and poor diet can worsen halitosis, but there are a number of dental measures that can be used to treat it.

Periodontal disease and poor dental hygiene are the primary and most common causes of halitosis. Other causes of halitosis include dry mouth, wearing dentures, tooth decay, medication side effects, diet, and tobacco use. Halitosis can be successfully treated by a dentist. Because gum disease and poor dental hygiene are often the number one causes of halitosis, a dentist can help clean and eliminate odor-causing bacteria from the gum tissue. Park Slope Dentistry can help you treat halitosis by helping you come up with a personalized at home program, as well as provide professional teeth cleanings to help eliminate bacteria from the mouth that causes bad breath.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Brooklyn that can help you fight halitosis, consider Park Slope Dentistry today! Contact Park Slope Dentistry to schedule an appointment and learn more about halitosis treatment.

The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide During Dental Procedures

Commonly referred to as laughing gas, happy gas and inhalation sedation, nitrous oxide is a popular sedation technique widely used throughout many dental practices.  If you’re currently scheduled to go under for a dental procedure, and the anxiety of doing so is making you feel ill, remember that many times patients don’t actually feel any pain during or even after the procedure. After about five minutes of breathing in nitrous oxide, a patient begins to feel a euphoric feeling that spreads through the whole body, allowing dental procedures to move forward without the patient feeling anxious .

What are some other advantages of nitrous oxide?

  • Nitrous oxide works very rapidly and shows pain-killing properties within 2 or 3 minutes.
  • It is possible to control the depth of sedation, by either increasing or decreasing gas intake.
  • Gas is eliminated from the body within 5 minutes after the gas is stopped. This results in no “hangover” effect and patients are able to safely drive home after the procedure without an escort.
  • Nitrous oxide is very safe, minimizes the need for injections  and has few, if any, side effects.

In addition to offering nitrous oxide during dental procedures in our Brooklyn dental office, we also provide behavior modification therapy to alleviate any dental fear. To learn more about Park Slope Dentistry in Brooklyn, New York, or to make an appointment, contact us today at 718.768.1111.

Cosmetic Dentistry 101

Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever. From teeth whitening to porcelain veneers, there are many options available to give you the smile you’ve dreamt of. There are a wide variety of cutting edge tools, options, and techniques practiced by our dental experts that can help greatly improve the look of your smile. Below are just a few of the options you can find at our Brooklyn, New York dental practice:

  • Porcelain Laminates/Veneers: These custom shells, which are commonly made from porcelain, cover the front sides of your teeth and change their color and shape. Long lasting and durable, veneers are a great way to achieve a perfect smile.  Veneers are the best option for those who have permanently stained teeth, poorly shaped teeth, or teeth that have large spaces.
  • Cosmetic porcelain crowns made of zirconium and/or other types of porcelain
  • Cosmetically restored dental implants
  • Invisalign®- Park Slope Dentistry is a premier provider of Invisalign® clear braces in Brooklyn, New York. With Invisalign®, you can get straight teeth with the aesthetic benefit of transparent braces. Dr. Teichman and Dr. Plotnick can help you create a personalized treatment plan if you’re interested in achieving straight teeth Invisalign®.
  • Dental Bonding: Bonding can improve how your teeth look if they have excess space between them, are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked. It can also be used to fill small cavities or to protect exposed roots of teeth and can greatly improve the look of your teeth in just one visit.
  • Teeth Whitening: Over time, teeth can become stained and discolored, especially for those who smoke, take certain medicines, or consume foods and beverages like tea and coffee.  At Park Slope Dentistry, we proudly offer Zoom!® In-Office Whitening system as well as the Zoom!® Take Home Treatment System.

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Brooklyn, choose Park Slope Dentistry. We offer a plethora of cosmetic dentistry procedures and options to help you obtain the smile you’ve always wanted.

What are Dental Implants?

If tooth loss occurs, you don’t have to suffer or deal with subpar solutions. There are permanent solutions that combat tooth loss, and restore both the aesthetics and function of a healthy and beautiful mouth. Dental implants are perhaps one of the best long-term solutions for missing teeth.  If you’re looking for dental implants in Brooklyn, you can rest assure that our experienced team of dentists and implantologists will provide you with the absolute best experience and dental implant procedure.

Dental implants are medical-grade titanium posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums, resulting in teeth that look and feel completely natural.  Because dental implants are actually anchored into your jawbone, they provide the absolute best stable support for artificial teeth. Bridges and dentures when mounted to your dental implants won’t shift or slip when eating or speaking, which is a huge benefit of dental implants. Because of the way these implants are done, they help secure dentures and bridges, making them feel more natural than regular dentures.

Whether in need of full implants, multiple dental implants, or single tooth implants, Park Slope Dentistry, home of Dr. Ronald Teichman’s cosmetic, reconstructive, and family dental office in Brooklyn, New York, can help.

The Importance of Regular Comprehensive Dental Examinations

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months. It’s incredibly important for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums to make regular dental visits as recommended. Of course, it’s always important that in between these visits you’re working to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Park Slope Dentistry, a family dental office in Brooklyn, New York emphasizes the importance of regular comprehensive exams to help ensure your teeth and gums are dazzling, healthy, and happy.

Preventive dentistry is truly the foundation for complete oral health, and the first step in preventing oral problems is to execute discipline when it comes to dental maintenance and regular exams. Daily and regular brushing and flossing habits are necessary for basic maintenance, but regular visits to the dentist are crucial and strongly recommended for your teeth’s health.  When you schedule a comprehensive dental exam in our Brooklyn dental office, you can expect the following treatment and more:

  • Examination of gums to find any signs of gum disease or changes in the gums covering the teeth.
  • Checking for loose or broken teeth.
  • Looking at the tissues inside of the mouth.
  • Examination of the tongue.
  • Looking for any signs of tooth decay.
  • Examination of fillings to ensure none are broken or need to be replaced.
  • Evaluation of any dental restorations you might have.
  • Digital X-rays based on your age, symptoms, and risk of disease.
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Cosmetic and esthetic evaluation
  • Orthodontic and bite analysis

To schedule your comprehensive dental exam, schedule an appointment with our Brooklyn dental office today.